TANK AND THE BANGAS’ NEW SONG “SMOKE.NETFLIX.CHILL” PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC

EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY LIVE ALBUM LIVE VIBES OUT ON VINYL APRIL 21

ON EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR INCLUDING PERFORMANCES AT COACHELLA, NEWPORT FOLK, JAZZ FEST, HANGOUT, BOTTLEROCK AND MORE

“Tank and the Bangas string together grooves from funk, hip-hop, rock and gospel; serious storytelling, self-empowerment exhortations and dance instructions share the band’s exuberant stream of consciousness.” –The New York Times

“Best live band in America.” –NPR Music

Smoke.Netflix.Chill,” the new song from breakout New Orleans-based five-piece Tank and The Bangas, is out now on Verve Forecast. The track premiered yesterday at NPR Music, who says, “It’s a rhythm-and-blues-infused gem that packs the humor and emotional punch that only Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball and her masterful band can conjure.” Listen/share it here: https://TankAndTheBangas.lnk.to/SmokeNetflixChill

The band will also release Live Vibes—an exclusive Record Store Day limited edition record pressed on yellow vinyl—on Saturday, April 21. Recorded live at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans in 2017, the recording makes fans feel like they are in the front row of one of the best live shows around. Live Vibes comes packaged in a die cut jacket and features a very special custom color print found in the interior of the jacket.

Fresh off their performances at SXSW and weekend one at Coachella, the band continues to take their lauded live show on the road during their extensive run of North American dates. The shows include stops at Los Angeles Fonda Theatre, New OrleansTipitinas, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Nashville’s The Basement East and Denver’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre as well as festival appearances at Coachella, Newport Folk, Jazz Fest, Hangout, BottleRock and more. Most recently, The New York Times featured the band in their “17 Acts That Stood Out” at SXSW while Variety proclaimed, “The New Orleans collective came off as an unlikely Zappa/Mothers of Invention-inspired soul revue, with lead singer Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball’s mixture of little-girl and full-gospel vocal inflections putting her in a singular category altogether.” See below for complete tour details.

Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017, which Bob Boilen proclaimed, “This band combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.” There’s more new music to come as the group works on the follow-up to their debut album, Think Tank.

The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music—lead vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she say—while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer. 

The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music— lead vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she say—while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer. 

Tank and The Bangas are Ball, Spence, Merell Burkett (keyboards), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute).

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Louis D’Adamio or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

Or Julia Casey at Verve Forecast / Verve Label Group, 212.331.2078 

 

TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVE

April 20 /// Indio, CA /// Coachella
April 21 /// North Charleston, SC /// Riverfront Park
April 22 /// Charleston, SC /// High Water Festival
April 27 /// New Orleans, LA /// Tipitinas
April 28 /// Oxford, MS /// Double Decker Arts Festival
May 3 /// New Orleans, LA /// House Of Blues
May 4 /// New Orleans, LA /// The Civic Theatre
May 6 /// Memphis, TN /// Beale Street Music Festival
May 9 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners Music Hall
May 11 /// Richmond, VA /// Brown’s Island
May 12 /// Saxapahaw, NC /// New River Ballroom
May 13 /// Asheville, NC /// The Grey Eagle
May 15 /// Charlotte, NC /// Visulite Theatre
May 16 /// Knoxville, TN /// U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre
May 17 /// Nashville, TN /// The Basement East
May 18 /// Atlanta, GA /// Terminal West
May 19 /// Gulf Shores, AL /// Hangout Music Festival
May 24 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
May 25 /// Napa, CA /// BottleRock Napa Valley
May 27 /// George, WA /// Sasquatch! Festival
June 15 /// Bergen, Norway /// Bergenhus Festning
June 29 /// Ewijk, Netherlands /// De Groene Heuvels
July 7 /// Copenhagen, Denmark /// Pumpehuset
July 27 /// Camden, NJ /// XPoNential Music Festival
July 28 /// Newport, RI /// Newport Folk Festival
August 22 /// Denver, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre
October 18 /// Washington, DC /// 9:30 Club